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Nighthawk Socks 2

Nighthawk socks finished

I finished my socks – these have the best gusset and toes of any I have made.

I used the suggestions (for both toes and gusset) in Custom Socks.

I think for my next pair of socks I will try something toe up, but before that I am going to knit the Braid Hills Cardigan – I bought this as a kit two years ago and now I am going to finish it. I have swatched and I seemed to have achieved gauge (I know swatches can lie, so we will see what happens – it is all about the process).

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Nighthawk Socks

Second Sock

This is my second sock and you can see no holey gussets – I picked up an additional two stitches (each side) into the leg as per Kate Atherley’s instructions in the Custom Socks book.

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Back to my first knitting love – socks

Nighthawk Socks

I finally finished my hap (images once I have blocked it) and have returned to my first love – socks!

I was going to knit a version of Helen Stewart’s Fragment socks, but the pattern disappeared in the colour changes. So I have gone with an almost plain vanilla sock – it is knit 6, purl 1.

The yarn is Mad Tosh Night Hawk, which (sadly) has been discontinued.

I have knitted this from the top down, which is my preferred method, but I seem to have a holey gusset. Kate Atherley’s book Custom Socks has a few ideas about this, so I will try those on the second sock.

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Stash Overload

Sample of the Stash

There are many talented independent yarn dyers (like Saltwater Yarns, Dingo Dye Works and Fiber Lily – just to list the Australian ones I know) and I am a sucker for a pretty sock yarn. Consequently my stash is large – 23 skeins. I know we all have different levels of tolerance for the size of our stashes, but I am starting to feel over-whelmed. I realise that socks are my first love – and I am going to spend July concentrating on knitting socks from my stash (this might mean avoiding the fabulous Calico and Ivy – they have a magnificent yarn collection and I never leave empty-handed.

I also like to buy souvenir sock yarn (three of the above skeins I bought on holiday) and I am not going to stop doing that, so I do need to stop buying pretty the rest of the time.

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Knitting Monogamy

Hap for Harriet progress

What it should look like – image from https://katedaviesdesigns.com/2014/05/17/a-hap-for-harriet/

I can’t decide – stick with this (I have finally made it to the decrease section) or start the Fragment socks – I have a Mad Tosh Merino Light (in Night Hawk shade) – But if I move on will I ever go back?

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Hap for Harriet

Hap for Harriet progress

This has become my go to easy knitting (drinking knitting). I am in the middle section and the pattern is easy to remember. I now knit this whenever I am watching television.

After each 12 row repeat I way the yarn (don’t know why as I know they each weigh about 5g), but I still have a way to go before I start decreasing.

I bought the Ebb and Flow kit from Fibre Lily – the yarn is more beautiful in person, so keen to get started on that, but I need to finish this first.

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Hap Progress

Hap for Harriet Progress

I have been working on Kate Davies’ Hap for Harriet – as it’s all knit stitch, I thought it would be easy, but it has taken me a while to find my rhythm. I am into the central section now and it has just now become easier (in fact I could almost call it drinking knitting!).

The yarn I am using is a misti alpaca lace weight (beautiful, but it is like knitting with dental floss).

 

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Cat’s Meow

I think these are going to be the death of me.

This is what they should look like …

Photo from Ravelry – Meow Mits by Tiny Owl Knits

I have finished one -except the embroidery – and I have started the second one three times! They’re very small and there is lots of yarn hanging off the back.

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Winter Rose Socks Finished

Finished!

These are the Winter Rose socks from the Hand Made Sock Society – the toes are a bit pointy for my taste, so if the next pattern (Magnolia Socks) has the same shape I will alter it.

My plan was to knit Green Gables socks by Louise Tilbrook, but I think I will knit the Fragment socks from the latest Laine magazine.

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The Finishing Line is in Sight

Second Sock

The second sock is coming along nicely – although clearly I have missed my March 31st deadline!

I weighed the finished sock and the remaining yarn and there was 4 g difference (in my favour), so I am going to play a bit of yarn chicken.

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